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Mary Theresa Okal

February 4, 2016


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Mary Theresa Okal, 87, formerly of Reno Lane and North Penn Manor in Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2016 in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

She was born in Wilkes-Barre, on October 3, 1928, the daughter of the late John and Susan Hiscar Okal. Mary Theresa was a graduate of St. Nicholas High School.
She was formerly employed at the Lori-Lee Dress Industry and she was later employed as a case worker for Luzerne County, prior to her retirement.

Mary Theresa was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish at St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception in Wilkes-Barre. Prior to its closing she had been a member for many years at St. Joseph’s Slovak Church in Wilkes-Barre. Mary Theresa was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society at both St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Churches and she was a member of the Rosary Group of Little Flower Manor in Wilkes-Barre.

Mary Theresa was proud of her Slovak Heritage and she was a member of the Pennsylvania Ladies Slovak Association, First Catholic Slovak Union, the Slovak Heritage Society, the SOKOL’S Wreath #59 and the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association.

She was preceded in death by her brothers: Joseph, who was killed in Germany during World War II, John, Martin, Thomas, Andrew, Cyril and Albert Okal.

She is survived by her two sisters-in-law, Dolores Okal, Ohio and Vera Skibicki, Wilkes-Barre. She is also survived by her niece and care giver, Patty Tokach, Wilkes-Barre and by her nephews, Albert, John and Thomas Okal, Ohio and by many dear friends, including Paul S. Makuch.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 9 am from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30 am in Our Lady of Fatima Parish at St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception, 134 S. Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Friends may call on Sunday afternoon from 2-4 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Retirement Fund, Villa Sacred Heart, 580 Railroad Street, Danville, PA 17821.